"She's the kind of woman you'd expect to see as the beautiful consort to the corrupt generalissimo of a collapsing Third World country."
Power Is Sexy
. But nothing says the sexy part has to be one-sided.
When you rule a country, you have a choice of anyone you want to be your spouse. Not to mention that if power tends to corrupt, alongside being sexy, then women are often attracted to such corruption
anyway. Must be married to them, or something close enough for tax purposes. Also applies to elected Presidents, powerful Prime Ministers and all-round tyrants.
Note: being hot is not a guarantee against the husband having a mistress
See also Dark Mistress
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Anime and Manga
- Emperor Daibazaal of Go Lion had a concubine who looked a lot like Princess Fala. Unfortunately, he ends up having her killed. It turns out she is Altean, like Fala, and before she was executed bore him his heir, Prince Imperial Sincline.
- All the male love interests in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, although, in the manga, Hanon and Rina acknowledge that they'll have to eventually leave their human boyfriends to rule their countries rather than have both.
- Marianne, one of Emperor Charles' wives in Code Geass.
- Henti and Nakia were this to King Suppiliniuma in Anatolia Story. The main character Yuri Ishtar must pose as the concubine of Prince Kail and by the end of the story she becomes his legal wife.
- Gender Flipped version in Ooku, where the premise is that only one in four men survives to adulthood in Jidai Geki Japan. Most of the male POV characters are chosen as consorts for the female shogun (and particularly attractive men can make a fortune by hiring out their stud services).
Films — Animated
- Three of the Disney Princesses: Cinderella, Belle and Tiana. Male examples include Aladdin, Flynn, and Milo, especially that in the case of the last one mentioned, rather than becoming a prince he actually goes straight to becoming a king (the princess he married at the end of his film was already a queen by the time of their marriage).
- In Brave, Queen Elinor appears to be this to King Fergus... but the three tribes respect her more than him, as seen in the throne room brawl. All she has to do is walk across the room and they'll bow and apologize.
Films — Live-Action
- Arwen of Lord of the Rings.
- Guinevere of the King Arthur legends.
- In Dune, Paul marries the emperor's daughter, but also has Chani, who is basically his wife in everything but name. This includes Chani being the only person he sleeps with.
- In The Wheel of Time, Rand al'Thor ends up in a polygamous relationship with three super-hot women - Elayne, Aviendha and Min - as his wives/consorts. It's good to be the Dragon Reborn. Well, not really, but there are perks to it.
- Faile to Perrin.
- Nynaeve (who'd have thought!?) to Lan.
- On the male side, Mat is this to Tuon.
- So is Gawyn to Egwene.
- Lews Therin Telamon, Dragon Reborn and Lord of Morning, had his pick of this trope. He rejected Lanfear (one of the most beautiful and powerful, though completely egomaniacal, women of the Age of Legends) for Ilyena (equally beautiful and not about to go over to the Shadow). Naturally, Lanfear is a little resentful. Even more delusional, but hey, that's why Lews Therin didn't stick it in the crazy. She still thinks that she's this trope to the current Dragon, and occasionally tries to warn off or kill the women he's interested in.
- Numerous more-mundane examples from amongst the royalty.
- Laisa in the Vorkosigan Saga.
- Voyaging Moon ("Precious Consort") in The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen.
- As noted in the film section, Buttercup in The Princess Bride. Humperdinck sought out the most beautiful woman in the world for his wife, and got her.
- Scheherazade in the Arabian Nights
- Esther in The Bible, as well as the former queen that Esther replaced, Queen Vashti.
- This was both a major plot point and their primary qualification for being queen. Esther is also Genre Savvy enough to exploit her good looks to favor her people.
- In Diana Wynne Jones's book Deep Secret, the protagonist meets High Lady Alexandra, one of the least important consorts to an emperor with dozens of wives and mistresses. Given how beautiful and intelligent she is, he speculates that after all his political marriages were accomplished, the emperor started picking ones like her for his own amusement.
- A Song of Ice and Fire is set in a feudal pseudo-medieval setting and thus has a few examples.
- The stunningly beautiful Cersei Lannister is married to her fat, unattractive lark of a husband King Robert Baratheon. However, they were a Model Couple before Robert let himself go.
- Later, Margaery Tyrell, who's also a reputed beauty, fulfills this role for Renly at first, and then to Joffrey and is currently lined up to perform a hat trick with Tommen. It helps that, like Cersei, she comes from a rich and powerful family.
- Jeyne Westerling, whom Catelyn considers a very pretty girl, becomes Robb's consort in the third book due to an Honorable Marriage Proposal.
- In The Royal Diaries book Elisabeth, The Princess Bride the Emperor defied his mother in his choice of who to marry because of Elisabeth's beauty and spirited nature.
- Men who marry the Princesses/Queens of A Brother's Price are not called princes or kings, but consorts. Keifer was chosen because the elder princesses were smitten by his looks. Jerin has more going for him, but Ren does emphasize his beauty.
- Legacy of the Dragokin:
- Britanian laws says there can only be one monarch which means Kalak does little except look handsome next to Daniar.
- Defied for Rana. Traditionally she would have been this but Finn changed the law so she can rule with him instead of next to him.
- Eilonwy is this at the end of the Chronicles of Prydain to the newly appointed High King Taran.
- The Stargate SG-1 series begins with Apophis raiding Earth and Abydos, looking for beautiful women he can implant with his queen Goa'uld.
- In Doctor Who, when the Master takes over Earth in "The Last of the Time Lords", he has a sexy wife.
- Anne Boleyn on The Tudors.
- In Chuck, Costa Gravas is a Banana Republic ruled by the Communist Premier Allejandro Goya after a coup in the 70s. His wife is shown to be a hot Spicy Latina. Subverted in that they were together even before the coup. After she attempts to overthrow him due to their marriage going sour, they reconcile, and he makes her Secretary of State.
- In Blackadder Back and Forth, King Edmund III is married to gorgeous Maid Marian. Lampshaded in the ending theme: "At last, a king who looks the part/ At last, a queen who looks good naked".
- Looks like Blair is going to be one in Gossip Girl, though it's anyone's guess if she'll actually go through with the marriage.
- Game of Thrones
- Queen Cersei Lannister for King Robert Baratheon.
- Margaery Tyrell for King Renly Baratheon and later King Joffrey, and currently aiming to perform a hat trick with Tommen. Incidentally, played by Natalie Dormer, who also played the aforementioned Anne Boleyn on The Tudors.
- Jeyne Westerling is replaced in this series by Talisa Maegyr of Volantis, an equally hot Essosian lady.
- As of series 4 of Merlin, Guinevere has become Arthur's Queen Consort. The position comes with a considerable upgrade in hair, make-up, wardrobe and jewellery.
- In The White Queen, we have Elizabeth Woodville and Anne Neville.
- In BattleTech, Hanse "The Fox" Davion, First Prince of the Federated Suns, made an interesting proposal to the other house lords. Only Katrina Steiner, Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth, showed any interest. To cement their new alliance, Katrina offered her only daughter, Melissa◊, as bride to Hanse (who was nearly 30 years older than Melissa). They made it work, and had five children. The eldest, Victor, would symbolize the union of the two realms and would be heir to both. Hanse also offered up the Capellan Confederation as a prize to his bride during their wedding reception, prompting the Fourth Succession War.
- Dragon Age: Origins:
- Anora was this for King Cailan. The tie-in novels indicate that Cailan's mother, Rowan, was likewise this for his father Maric. In addition to being hot, both women are politically savvy and very smart.
- Depending on your choices at the Landsmeet, the player can become one of these, too. Or, depending on the gender, have one. Or two, if he plays his cards right.
- Some of the endings to the Princess Maker games have her being a consort in some way. To either the Dirty Old Man King, the much younger and more handsome Prince (doubling as Childhood Friend Romance since they meet as kids though she only knows him as a cadet of the realm)... or Lucifon the King of Hell. And regarding Lucifon, she does this by free choice, should both her Sin and her Charm be high enough. Apparently he's a pretty nice guy/demon, all things considered.
- Fire Emblem gives us many, many cases, often crossing into Battle Couple, Bodyguard Crush, and/or Childhood Friend Romance. Also, it should be noted that not ALL of these cases are set in stone — it mostly depends on your game strategies:
- Fire Emblem Akaneia: For Marth, Caeda. For Hardin, Nyna — but this one ends up horribly.
- Fire Emblem Jugdral: For Emperor Arvis, Deirdre... but she was Brainwashed and Crazy and he didn't know she was his half-sister. For Emperor Seliph, potentially almost all of the girls but Lana and Larcei get more chance. Also, any girl who romances a guy who gets to reign over the family's lands.
- Fire Emblem Elibe:
- Blazing Sword: For Eliwood, it can be either Ninian, Fiora or Lyndis. For Hector, either Farina, Florina or Lyndis. It all depends on the support system. In the backstory, Helene is this for Desmond... but they're VERY unhappy.
- Sword of Seals: Either Sue, Lilina, Lalum, Cecilia, Sophia or Shanna, for Roy. (Lilina and him also manage to unite Ostia and Pherae in a single territory). Juno is this for Zealot in his full ending, since he's crowned as the King of Ilia in it.
- Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones: For Ephraim, Tana or L'Arachel. (And vice-versa in L'Arachel's cases, as she's the future Queen of Rausten by birth right). For Innes, either L'Arachel (but see above), Vanessa or Eirika. For Joshua, either Marisa or Natasha.
- Fire Emblem Tellius: For Elincia, Geoffrey. For Micaiah, Sothe. Almedha was this to Ashnard, but it's way more complicated.
- Fire Emblem Awakening: For Chrom, either: a girl Avatar (default name: Robin), Sumia, Sully, Maribelle, or Olivia. All double as Badass Princesses and Action Moms, as this doesn't mean either lady will leave the battlefield after marrying and mothering Lucina (though her own predestined children note technically ain't born... yet.)
- Subverted with Lucina, since the one who will eventually become the Queen/Exalt of of Ylisse is the one from the Good Future and not the one who's recruited into the group. (And it's all but stated that there's no way to return to the Bad Future itself). Might be played straight if the Lucina from the Good Future grows up, is crowned as Exalt and chooses a good-looking dude as her consort. And this may be the case for the Lucina of the Future Past DLC maps, if she does the same after recovering her lands from Grima with her friends and the help of the playable characters.
- Girl!Robin subverts the trope if she marries either Walhart, Yen'fay or Gangrel, as she falls for either them after they have left their respective lands upon defeat. (And in the case of Yen'Fay, he comes from the Bad Future as well.) But if she goes for the West-Khan of Ferox, Basilio, she might play it straight. The same goes to a boy!Robin who marries the Ferox East-Khan, Flavia, and maybe one who marries the Fallen Princess of Chon'sin Say'ri (should she restore Chon'sin and reign over it).
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Princess Ursa never did get to be Fire Lady, since she was banished before Fire Lord Ozai's coronation for assassinating the previous Fire Lord with poison (in exchange for Zuko's life), and therefore putting Ozai on the throne.
- Also, in the Search comics, it is shown that Ozai primarily liked Ursa for her looks, though it was also an Arranged Marriage based on her bloodline.
- It's heavily implied by the show's finale that Mai is set to become one for Zuko; they are currently broken up in the comic book continuation, but clearly still harbor feelings for each other. We also know from the Sequel Series that Zuko has at least one child, a daughter named Izumi who succeeds him as Fire Lord, at some point.